Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Tucson Folk Festival

TKMA’s Tucson Folk Festival is this Saturday and Sunday, May 3rd and 4th, downtown at El Presidio Park. This year’s headliners are Marley’s Ghost, Ruthie Foster, and Billy Jonas.

For a list of performers and workshops, visit http://tkma.org/index.html.

KXCI will broadcast both days from the main Plaza Stage on tape delay. Our broadcast is hosted by Carol “Ruby” Anderson and Mike Landwehr. Stop by the KXCI booth near the Plaza Stage to say hello, pick up a fresh bumper sticker for summer and grab some new KXCI T-shirts.


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Wednesday's One Cup of Java Challenge

Wednesday's One Cup of Java Challenge, Willie Nelson birthday edition: “On The Road Again” was not just a #1 country song for Willie Nelson in 1980 – it was also Oscar-nominated for Best Song from the film “Honeysuckle Rose.” Willie didn’t win the Oscar that year. On his 75th birthday, it seems like Willie will live for forever. The career of the woman who won the Oscar for Best Song in 1980 did not. Your One Cup of Java Challenge question this morning – name the song and the singer that beat Willie Nelson’s “On The Road Again” for the 1980 Best Song Oscar. Basically, you have to remember her name, remember, remember, remember.

Answer: Irene Cara, “Fame”

Also nominated that year: “9 to 5” by Dolly Parton


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Monday, April 28, 2008

Peterson Named Acting G.M.

From Hank Childers, President, KXCI Board of Directors:

On April 24th the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Creative Broadcasting (KXCI) accepted the resignation of Ryan Bruce, General Manager of KXCI.

The board's executive committee has named Randy Peterson as Acting General Manager. Randy will also continue his duties as Development Director.

Station operations are in very capable hands with Randy and the rest of the staff and all the talented volunteers. The currently active Strategic Planning Process, which looks to the future of KXCI, is a broad-based effort that is well underway and will not be adversely affected by this change. I expect the Board to review and reconsider the job responsibilities for General Manager, and then to initiate appropriate recruitment efforts.

Posted 4/28/08


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Board forms due Wednesday!

In June KXCI members will elect 3 KXCI members to our Board of Directors. If you are interested in running, please note that completed forms are due by 5pm Wednesday, April 30th. You can print a nomination form by clicking here: http://kxci.publicbroadcasting.net/media/BOD/2008%20Board%20Nominating%20Form.pdf.



If you have questions about serving on the board, contact our acting general manager, Randy Peterson, at 623-1000 x13.


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Thanks, Access Tucson!

Access Tucson, our indy media friends on the television side of the equation, recently donated their used Canon Image Runner copier to KXCI.

We want to thank Sam and his entire team for their generous support - and for giving us a "copier moving" story to tell at a future KXCI party.


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Monday's Willie Nelson One Cup of Java Challenge

Monday's One Cup of Java Challenge: A little Willie Nelson trivia this morning, with Willie celebrating his 75th birthday on Wednesday. For most of his career, Willie’s main guitar has been a Martin N-20 nylon-string acoustic. He’s played it so long that the constant strumming has worn a large hole into the guitar’s body. It’s this same guitar that bears the signatures of his friends and fellow musicians. Willie loves the guitar so much he gave it a name. Your One Cup question this morning – what is the name of Willie Nelson’s main guitar, a name he borrowed from a hero of his.

Answer: Willie is a big Roy Rogers fan, and he named his guitar "Trigger."

Willie Nelson KXCI birthday programs:

Tuesday, 4/29: Vinyl Revival (8am), One Cup of Java (8:20), re-air interview between Willie and Democracy Now's Amy Goodman (1pm), one-hour special My Own Peculiar Way: The Songs of Willie Nelson (5pm) and two-hour special episode of Rosie's Rhythm Room, 8-10pm.


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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Newest Public Service Messages

The newest public service announcements airing at Your Community Radio KXCI.

STAMP OUT HUNGER: Help our community Stamp Out Hunger during the National Association of Letter Carrier’s food drive on Saturday, May 10th. Leave a bag of non-perishable foods such as canned meats, canned vegetables and fruits, soups and peanut butter next to your mailbox on May 10th before your normal delivery time. The letter carrier will deliver your food donations to the Community Food Bank. Stamp Out Hunger, May 10th.

ACORN: Don't lose your home because you didn't pick up the phone. ACORN, a non-. profit community organization, provides free HUD approved foreclosure prevention counselors to help people save their homes. Call 623-9389 or visit http://acorn.org/.

ANIMALS: Nathan Winograd, director of the national No Kill Advocacy Center, visits Tucson for a presentation about the no kill philosophy on May 9th. His speech at 6:30pm is at the University Park Hotel Ballroom, 880 East 2nd Street. The presentation outlines the steps communities can take to save dogs and cats that otherwise would be killed in animal shelters. Free tickets to the speech can be obtained at http://savemoreanimals.org/.

GIRLS, INC: Girls Incorporated of Southern Arizona celebrates National Women’s Health Week with the launch of Families Fit Together, an award winning national fitness and nutrition program aimed at girls 9-14 and their families. The kick-off takes place Saturday, May 10th, from 9am to noon at Ora Mae Harn Park in Marana. To register for Families Fit Together or to learn more about Girls Incorporated, call 623-2661.

TROT: Therapeutic Riding of Tucson, TROT for short, is the only program in America where special needs children and wounded veterans ride horses to get better. TROT invites you to support their program at Heroes, Hearts and Horses, May 17th at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort. The night features a 40’s USO theme complete with a big band. For information and tickets please call 749-2360 or visit http://trotarizona.org/.


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KXCI presents Ani DiFranco 6/26 Rialto

KXCI presents Ani DiFranco, June 26th in a KXCI benefit concert at the Rialto. Tickets are on sale now at the Rialto's website (click this link to get right there: http://www.rialtotheatre.com/event_pop.php?id=423).

The ultimate indie artist with 18 albums on her own Righteous Babe label, Ani’s songs tackle the issues while her voice fills the theatre. Martin Joseph opens the all-ages show.

Tickets are $31 for general admission floor, $35 for reserved seats in the balcony. Get your tickets today - the reserved balcony seats will sell out fast.


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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Willie Nelson Birthday Celebrations


Willie Nelson is turning 75 years old next week and your Community Radio KXCI is celebrating this milestone with on-air celebrations of the Red Headed Stranger:

Monday - Wednesday, April 28th-30th
Willie Nelson Vinyl Revival (Your Morning Brew, 8:00am).

Willie Nelson trivia on the One Cup of Java Challenge (Your Morning Brew, 8:20am). The trivia will features giveaways of a new 23-track sampler of music from Willie's entire career.

Tuesday, April 29th
Special second hour of Democracy Now!: Willie was Amy Goodman's guest for an entire hour of Democracy Now! back in February 2008, after he performed a benefit for the show. We'll re-air that February broadcast after the regular noon broadcast of Demoracy Now! and Hightower Radio (1-2pm)

One-hour special: My Own Peculiar Way, The Songs of Willie Nelson (5-6pm), focusing on Willie's life story, his best known songs and how the two are often intertwined, featuring Willie's music and interviews with Willie and his musical family (Paul English, Mickey Raphael, Bobbie Nelson, Poodie Locke). Hosted by Rodney Crowell.

On Rosie's Rhythm Room, RoseLady is also going to do a two-hour special on Willie Nelson and his music (8-10pm). She'll also be giving away copies of that 23-track sampler of music from Willie's entire career.


Wednesday, April 30th
One hour special: True Outlaw Stories, On The Road With Willie Nelson (5-6pm), featuring many of the hilarious episodes from the "band of gypsies" going down the highway on tour with Willie over the last 40 years. Includes the story of their kidnapping Ray Wylie Hubbard, as told by Ray Wylie Hubbard. Also includes more of Willie's incomparable tunes. Hosted by Rodney Crowell.



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Tribute to Chris Gaffney - Live@5 - Thursday 4/24


Today on The Homestretch for Live@5 we will be playing back past in-studio performances from The Hacienda Brothers as a tribute to Chris Gaffney. The Hacienda Brothers formed in Tucson and were frequent visitors to KXCI. Chris Gaffney, who was a former Tucsonan, died a week ago in California. Find out more from these local articles: AZStar, Citizen and from this link to the site set up to help Chris battle his illness.
R.I.P.


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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Wednesday's One Cup of Java Challenge

Wednesday's One Cup of Java Challenge: On this date in 1985, Coca Cola introduced New Coke. That didn’t go over so well with Americans, but the marketing of New Coke’s “Catch The Wave” campaign did introduce America to a British television star who would eventually have his own TV series in our country. Your One Cup of Java Challenge this morning – what computer generated British media personality, now widely remembered as an icon of the 80s, replaced Bill Cosby as the principal spokesman for New Coke?

Answer: Max Headroom




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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

KXCI Show: Ani DiFranco, June 26: Tickets On Sale Today!


KXCI is proud to present the incomparable Ani DiFranco in a return to Tucson on Thursday, June 26th at the Rialto Theatre.

There will be a limited number of reserved seats in the balcony for this concert (the remaing tickets will be general admission floor, standing room only). KXCI listener can snatch up pre-sale tickets for the show starting at 10am Tuesday. Follow the link to the Rialto's website to grab your reserved seat balcony tickets right now (the password is KXCI): http://rialtotheatre.ticketforce.com/ordertickets.asp?p=473&backurl=/Default.asp?SearchMonth%3D%26monthsubmit%3D%26SearchText%3D%26Go.x%3D%26Go.y%3D%26pg%3D1%23abc
If you don't get pre-sale tickets today, know that the general public sale will start later this week.


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Earth Day's One Cup of Java Challenge

Tuesday's One Cup question: The nation's first official Earth Day celebration was held on this date in 1970. The creation of America's official celebration is generally credited to Senator Gaylord Nelson. Your question this morning - what state did he represent in the Senate until 1981?

Answer: Say cheese, Wisconsin!


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Monday, April 21, 2008

Earthday Programming Tuesday April 22 5am-6pm

Please join us on Tuesday, April 22 from 5am-6pm as we celebrate Earth Day! Amidst a blend of earth friendly music, we'll broadcast excerpts from experts and opinions from earthlings.

I'd especially like to acknowledge the Desert Duke for his dedicated recording and production work. Listen for yourself on Tuesday, April 22.


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Tuesday: KXCI Day at the Arizona International Film Festival

KXCI Community Radio is a proud sponsor of the Arizona International Film Festival, running now through April 27th.

Tuesday, April 22nd is KXCI Day at the festival (http://www.filmfestivalarizona.com/), when KXCI members receive 2-for-1 admission to all films just for saying "I Love KXCI!" at the box office. All films on Tuesday are at The Screening Room, downtown at 127 East Congress.

The schedule on KXCI Day includes four short films beginning at 6pm, and then the Arizona premiere on the Canadian documentary "The Union: The Business Behind Getting High," that takes a look at one of Canada's most profitable but most infamous industires. Learn more about the film at http://www.theunionmovie.com/.


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Monday's One Cup Of Java Challenge

Monday's One Cup of Java Challenge: On this date in 1918, 90 years ago today, Manfred von Richthofen was killed in France. Your One Cup of Java Challenge this morning: by what nickname was Manfred von Richthofen better known? One clue – while he was real, his battles with a comic beagle once led to a hit song by The Royal Guardsmen.

Answer: The Red Baron


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Friday, April 18, 2008

Louie Perez interview - Live@5 - Friday 4/18


Tune in today at 5pm to hear Ernesto Portillo Jr., host of Wednesday's Onda Suave, interview Louie Perez.
Perez and David Hidalgo will perform Sunday, April 20th at The Rialto Theatre. Hear about their work as two of the principal songwriters of Los Lobos, as well as their group the Latin Playboys. The show Sunday night will feature an acoustic performance and an open forum sharing the stories behind their creative process.


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Newest Public Service Messages

DERBY DAYS: CODAC Behavioral Health Service’s Derby Day is May 3rd at the Fox Theatre from 2 to 5pm. Proceeds fund services providing children with treatment for substance abuse and mental illness. Derby Day activities include watching the Kentucky Derby on the big screen, traditional southern food, a ladies hat parade, and a raffle. For details, call 202-1746 or visit http://www.codac.org/.

FOLK FESTIVAL: The annual Tucson Folk Festival is right around the corner and YOU can be a part of making this free downtown event happen May 3rd and 4th. Volunteers are needed for many fun festival duties, from CD sales to stage work. If you are interested, email volunteers@tucsonfolkfest.org. Include your name, contact information and the days and hours you’re available. And don't forget to check out the performer and workshop schedules at http://tucsonfolkfestival.org/.

TUCSON YOUTH WEEK, now through April 26th, recognizes the positive impact of youth in our community. In addition to recognizing the accomplishments of more than 3,000 outstanding young people, Tucson Youth Week features many events around our community. Learn more by visiting http://everyvoicefoundation.org/yv_tyw.php.


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Friday's One Cup Of Java Challenge

Friday's One Cup of Java Challenge: On this date in 1973, 35 years ago today, 19-year-old Declan McManus performed his first solo concert in Twickenham, England. His first album, and his only name change, to Elvis Costello, would come a few years later. In his more than 30 years of recording, Costello has never had a number one hit. He’s never had a Top Five or Top Ten hit. In fact, in 30 years, he’s had exactly one song hit the Top Twenty on the Billboard charts. Your job this morning – name that tune, the only Elvis Costello song to hit Billboard’s Top Twenty; it was #19 in 1989. One clue: the tune was co-written with Paul McCartney and echoes some of the same sentiments as “Eleanor Rigby.”

Answer: Veronica


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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Howe Gelb & Kate Maki Article Links

Two great articles about tonight's great KXCI Benefit Concert with Howe Gelb and Kate Maki (7:30, St. Phillips at River & Campbell, tix at the door!):


Tucson Weekly City Week: http://www.tucsonweekly.com/gbase/CityWeek/Content?oid=109601


Arizona Daily Star Caliente cover story: http://www.azstarnet.com/sn/aznightbuzz/234456


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Muskrat Mike Love? / One Cup of Java Challenge

Thursday's One Cup of Java Challenge: On this date in 1965, The Beach Boys released Help Me, Rhonda, a song that would become their second number one hit. In addition to the members of The Beach Boys, Help Me, Rhonda featured a keyboardist who would, with his wife, go on to have #1 hits of his own in the 70s and 80s. Your One Cup of Java Challenge this morning: name that keyboard player, whose original nickname “Captain Keyboard” was coined by The Beach Boys’ Mike Love.

Answer: Daryl Dragon of Captain & Tenille.


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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Tucson Electric Outages & KXCI

Wednesday, April 16 -

The Tucson community has been experiencing power outages since 10:29am Wednesday, at times taking out the power to as many as 34,000 homes and businesses, including KXCI. As of 1:30pm power has been restored to significant areas of our community, including KXCI, and we are currently back on the air.

HOWEVER: Tucson Electric Power is advising everyone that rolling blackouts will continue throughout the afternoon. In the event that the downtown area loses electricity again, you may lose KXCI. We will work to make sure that the outages are as short and as limited as possible. Thank you for your understanding!


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Monday, April 14, 2008

Win Tickets To See & Meet Arlo Guthrie!



You can get anything you want at Alice’s Restaurant.

If you want to meet Arlo Guthrie after his April 26th concert at the Fox Theatre, you can get that, too, but only at KXCI.

Learn more about the show at http://greenhouseproductions.net/.

This Tuesday (April 15th), Kristi will play “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” for the Live at 5 segment on The Home Stretch.

While the song is playing, you can call in to register for a drawing to win tickets to the show as well as a backstage meeting with Arlo. You can only call during the song.

Tune in Tuesday at 5pm for “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” and your chance to win, only on your Community Radio, KXCI.


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Strategic Plan Town Hall, April 19th

You’re invited to attend a KXCI Community Town Hall this Saturday, April 19th at noon. The town hall is at St. Mark’s Church, 3809 East Third Street. You’ve been listening to us, now we want to listen to you. There’s a new strategic plan being developed, and we’re inviting our community to help envision the future of KXCI. We’ll see you at the Strategic Plan Town Hall, this Saturday, April 19th at noon, at St. Mark’s Church, 3809 East Third.


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Monday's One Cup Of Java Challenge

Today’s One Cup of Java Challenge asks you to name the two members of Booker T. and the MGs who were also charter members of The Blues Brothers band.

Answer: Steve Cropper and Donald Duck Dunn.

You have one final chance to win Booker T. and the MGs tickets on Tuesday's One Cup question, 8:20am on Your Morning Brew.


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Friday, April 11, 2008

Howe Gelb / Kate Maki Concert: Additional Tix Outlets

KXCI has added two additional outlets for ticket sales for our April 17th concert with Howe Gelb and Kate Maki at St. Phillips Episcopal Church (7pm doors, 7:30pm show, learn more on our events calendar at http://events.publicbroadcasting.net/kxci/events.eventsmain).



Ticket outlets are now:



Antigone Books, 411 North Fourth Avenue



The Folk Shop, 2525 North Campbell Avenue



Cafe Poca Cosa, 110 East Pennington (downtown)



You may also obtain tickets at the KXCI web store (http://kxci.org/store/) and by phone at 520-623-1000, x13. Tickets are $12 for KXCI members, $15 general public.


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Nominees sought for KXCI Board of Directors election

In June, KXCI members will elect 3 people to serve on our Board of Directors.

If you are a KXCI member who is interested in running for a board seat, you can pick up more information, including nomination forms, at the KXCI offices, 220 South Fourth Avenue, during regular business hours.

Completed nomination forms, including member signatures, must be returned by April 30th.

To learn more, contact our general manager, Ryan Bruce, at 623-1000, extension 11.


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Newest Public Service Messages

The newest public service announcements airing on YOUR Community Radio KXCI.

RED INK MAGAZINE holds a Native Voices Premiere Party on Friday, April 18th from 7 to 10pm at the U of A Poetry Center, 1508 East Helen. The event features poetry readings, music by the Panther Creek Drum Group and DJ Adam Carvell, and a silent auction and raffle. Red Ink Magazine features Native American and indigenous artists in the creative writing, poetry, and print mediums. Learn more at http://redinkmagazine.com/.

FIESTA AUCTION: The 11th annual Kino School Baja Fiesta auction and cash raffle is Saturday April 26th, from 5:30 to 8:30pm at Kino School, 6625 North First Avenue. The event features a catered Mexican buffet, live steel drum band, an auction and cash raffle, and more. Proceeds will help Kino School buy a new van. For tickets and information call 297-7278.

ARIZONA INTERNATION FILM FESTIVAL: KXCI is a proud sponsor of the Arizona International Film Festival, April 17th through the 27th. Learn more at http://www.filmfestivalarizona.com/. More than 80 films representing 15 countries will screen at various locations around town. April 22nd is KXCI Day, with the film festival giving KXCI members 2-for-1 admission to all films that day just for saying “I Love KXCI!” at the box office. KXCI presents the film “The Union: The Business Behind Getting High” on April 22nd at The Screening Room.


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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Live@5 - Friday - Nyles Lannon


Friday April 11th the Live@5 on The Homestretch will be from Nyles Lannon. This performance was recorded as he was traveling through Tucson on his way back from the SXSW music conference. Nyles is a prolific musician and composer who is also known for his work with Film School. Listen to the Live@5 interview to learn more about this artist and to here live versions of songs form his most recent release, Pressure, on Badman Records.


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Thursday's One Cup Of Java Challenge

Thursday's One Cup of Java Challenge: Dock of the Bay was a posthumous #1 hit for Otis Redding , topping the pop charts just a few weeks after his death in December, 1967. Your One Cup of Java Challenge this morning: Otis was a co-writer of that song. What famous guitarist, still around today, co-wrote Dock of the Bay with Otis Redding?

Answer: Steve Cropper of Booker T. & the MGs (Tuesday night at Centennial Hall, http://uapresents.org/.)


For another chance to win Booker T. tix for Tuesday night, tune in for Friday's One Cup of Java Challenge at 8:20am.


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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Today's Trivia Is Out Of This World


Wednesday's One Cup of Java Challenge: On this date in history, 1959, NASA announced that after whittling down 69 original candidates, they had their first seven astronauts, quickly dubbed by the media as the “Mercury Seven.” Your One Cup of Java Challenge question this morning, with seven possible winners: name the Mercury Seven.

Answer: Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper Jr., John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepherd and Deke Slayton. Only Carpenter, now 82, and Glenn, age 86, remain alive. In the photo, the front row is Schirra, Slayton, Glenn and Carpenter, left to right; the back row (l-r) is Shepard, Grissom and Cooper.


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Monday, April 07, 2008

Monday's One Cup Of Java Challenge

Today’s One Cup of Java Challenge asks you to name the actor, author, activist, union president and friend of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who was a vocal supporter for gun control laws in the 60s and 70s, helping to get the Gun Control Act of 1968 passed through Congress. If I told you the roles he played the question would be too easy – roles he turned down included the police chief in Jaws, Jim Bowie at the Alamo, Alexander the Great, and Superman’s father Jor-El. Your One Cup of Java Challenge this morning – name this actor, author, activist and union president.

Answer: Charlton Heston, who passed away Saturday at the age of 84.


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Thursday, April 03, 2008

PLAY BALL! Ruby's Roadhouse special

Ruby, the proprietor of Ruby's Roadhouse (Saturdays, noon to 2pm), will be hosting her annual musical tribute to the great American game of baseball this Saturday, April 5th, only on Community Radio KXCI 91.3FM.

Like the arrival of the robin and the grumbling about tax forms, Ruby's annual baseball special heralds the arrival of spring.

This Saturday, noon to 2pm, also live on the web at KXCI.org.


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Could You Hear Me Then?


Thursday's One Cup of Java Challenge: History’s first portable cell phone call took place on this date in New York City. Your One Cup of Java Challenge question this morning: within 3 years either way, in what year did that first portable cell phone call take place?

Answer: 1973


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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Chris Gaffney, Candye Kane: 2 Musical Friends In Need

One of the benefits are being the kind of independent musical artist featured on KXCI is that you get to be, well, independent, and a lot of the folks we spin for you on 91.3FM wouldn't want it any other way.

There are also drawbacks to that independence, though, and never more so than when a musician takes ill. Most recently, two long-time KXCI favorites, Chris Gaffney of The Hacienda Brothers and blues woman Candye Kane, have both found themself sidelined by medical concerns that will keep them temporarily off the stage where they rightfully belong.

And while both have some level of medical insurance, it doesn't cover all of their costs, and certainly not the lost income from the performances they've had to cancel during their upcoming surgeries, procedures and recoveries.

You can help. Both Chris and Candye have websites that not only detail their situations and needs, but provide for secured donation sites where your support, at any level, can make a difference. Both sites also have oppportunities for you to provide support of another kind, as well: moral support.

Please visit http://www.helpgaff.com/ for information on helping Chris Gaffney, and http://www.candyekane.com/news.html for information on helping Candye Kane.


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KXCI Benefit Concert: Howe Gelb & Kate Maki, 4/17

91.3FM KXCI Community Radio Presents
Howe Gelb with Kate Maki
Thursday, April 17, 2008
St. Philips Episcopal Church
4440 N. Campbell Ave at River Rd Tucson, AZ
Showtime: 7:30 pm
Tickets: $15 general $12 KXCI Members
Ticket Info: http://www.kxci.org/storeand by (520) 623.1000 x13

“In Giant Sand and on his own, Howe Gelb creates hushed, still scenes with specks of countryish guitar and a 4 a.m. voice. ...Sno Angel Like You [is] an unexpected pleasure...the songs are tidy, concise and grand…” –New York Times

“…[Howe Gelb is] one of Americana’s most adventurous songwriters…” –Paste Magazine

"…[Kate Maki’s music is] an eclectic buffet of old-time folk/blues and country-rock that's at times very Giant Sand-like in its idiosyncrasies without sacrificing one whit of Maki's distinctive personality. ...when she shares the mic with Gelb- notably on "Don't Look Down," a mostly acoustic number haunted by the ghost of Neil Young- a hard-to-quantify chemistry begins to bubble." –Harp

On April 17th, Tucson music legend and alt-country phenomenon Howe Gelb appears with Canadian singer-songwriter Kate Maki in a concert to benefit KXCI Community Radio at St. Philips Episcopal Church in Tucson, AZ. Produced and released by Gelb on his indie label, OW OM, Maki features material from her U.S. debut, On High.

Following his critically acclaimed album 'Sno Angel Like You, Howe Gelb and Giant Sand bassist Thøger T. Lund will preview compositions from several new recordings including his upcoming Giant Sand release, Provisions. Due out this fall, Provisions highlights the desert rocker’s idiosyncratic songwriting alongside standout performances by Danish band members and close friends including Neko Case, M. Ward and Isobel Campbell of Belle and Sebastian. As Gelb gears up for a piano encrusted May 2008 European tour with Willard Grant Conspiracy Pilgrim Orchestra, St. Philips Church is the perfect setting to debut several selections from his upcoming solo piano record, Bottle Some Piano. He’ll also showcase material from last year’s well-received Upside Down Home 2007, which was recorded live at San Pedro Chapel in Tucson.

For half a century, Canada's proved to be a bustling hotbed for the emergence of prolific artists with Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, The Band and Leonard Cohen laying a pathway for such applauded modern talents as Feist, Arcade Fire, Kathleen Edwards and some select others. Maybe it’s Canada’s binding spirit of song, communal music scenes, or the enduring winter elements forcing its inhabitants to write music as a way to keep warm. There's a bit of a mysterious wonder to the unfettered Canadian musical muse, and audiences the world over have enthusiastically embraced their singular voices. Sudbury, Ontario's Kate Maki is of this ilk, as is evident in her indispensable alt-country, indie-folk songs highlighted on On High.

"Kate's music carries its own necessity of illuminating. Her songs represent what the Canadians have, a real natural beauty of writing tunes that feel like a friend you've never met, but that you've known forever. There's a flavor of kindness in the music," says Gelb. He first met Maki in 2004 during the same Toronto visit he became acquainted with the Sno Angel folks. Singer-songwriter Jim Bryson (The Weakerthans) made the initial introduction as they all shared a bill at the El Mocambo. The young Maki made a lasting impression on Gelb, very much like M Ward (Gelb released Ward's 2000 debut Duet for Guitars #2) did some years back. Gelb eventually signed Maki, and now introduces her beautifully minimalistic, lucid songs for the first time to American ears.

Although On High marks Maki's first U.S. release, her Canadian debut Confusion Unlimited (2003) and follow-up The Sun Will Find Us (2004) were both recognized as the "Album of the Year" by the Northern Ontario Music & Film Awards. Maki has appeared on the cover of such notable Canadian publications as NOW and ECHO, placed original tracks in Canadian films Weirdsville and Wilby Wonderful, and shared the stage with top Canadian artists including Tegan & Sara. Over the course of a five-day period in March 2007, On High was recorded live-on-the-floor by Dave Draves (Kathleen Edwards) at Little Bullhorn Studios in Ottawa, Ontario. The release is comprised primarily of first-take recordings, and features Maki on vocals and acoustic guitar, Gelb on piano, electric guitar and vocals, Nathan Lawr (Royal City) on kick and snare, and Dale Murray (Buck 65) on pedal steel and acoustic guitar.

Gelb and his band will back up Maki as she debuts her indelible songs to U.S. audiences. As unpredictable in nature as his songwriting, Gelb’s set list will embark on its own adventurous journey through a catalogue of new material as he delights Tucson fans in the very unique setting of St. Philips Church.


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